Michael H. Ranzenhofer's Press releases

Ranzenhofer secures $290,000 for Space Lab Planetarium

Ensures state-of-the-art facility continues to be a regional asset for students all across Western New York

 

Williamsville, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has secured a $290,000 grant for the Williamsville Education Foundation to upgrade and replace outdated equipment for the Space Lab Planetarium at Williamsville North High School.

 

June 10, 2013
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Wilson inducted into NYS Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame

Posthumously honored by Ranzenhofer at State Capitol ceremony

Albany, N.Y. – Staff Sergeant William R. “Billy” Wilson III has been inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame.  Senator Ranzenhofer nominated Staff Sgt. Wilson, posthumously honoring him Tuesday morning at a State Capitol ceremony.

 

Staff Sgt. Wilson served on two combat deployments to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and one tour of duty during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.  While in Afghanistan, he was training Afghan soldiers and police to take over the country’s security.  He was killed in action while in Paktika Province, located in the eastern part of Afghanistan, on March 26, 2012.  He was 27 years old.

May 24, 2013
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Ranzenhofer to convene series of public hearings

 

Examining proposed changes to New York’s Not-For-Profit Law

Senate Standing Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Chairman Michael H. Ranzenhofer  (R-C-I, Amherst) will begin to convene a series of public hearings this week to examine the re-codification of New York State’s not-for-profit corporation law, in an effort to reduce unnecessary burdens on nonprofits and to enhance nonprofit governance and oversight.

 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 

Hearing Room B

May 19, 2013
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Monthly Column: Albany's new wasteful spending idea: taxpayer-funded campaigns

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

The onslaught of public corruption and scandals that has rocked State government, for many years before I started serving in the State Senate and most recently during the last month or so, has spurred some in Albany to propose implementing a statewide taxpayer funded campaign finance system, similar to the one in New York City.  

However, funding political campaigns with the tax dollars of hardworking Western New Yorkers is a bad idea.  

May 15, 2013
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Ranzenhofer launches petition drive to reject Federal budget proposal’s “Double Tax Plan”

 

Eliminates state and local tax deduction on Federal tax return
139,101 WNY taxpayers would be hit with average tax hike of $2,800
Over 3.2 million New Yorkers to see tax increase if enacted

 

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer today urged New Yorkers to sign his new online petition, rejecting Federal budget proposals that would increase taxes on Western New Yorkers by an average of $2,800.  Click here to sign the petition.

May 10, 2013
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Ranzenhofer selects Lindner as Woman of Distinction

Clarence resident honored at State Capitol ceremony

 

Albany, N.Y. –  State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer honored Clarence resident Ginger Lindner Tuesday evening at the 16th Annual Women of Distinction ceremony, recognizing her outstanding contributions in enriching the quality of life for the community and beyond.

May 9, 2013
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Three Batavia Downs host communities to see rise in VLT aid

2013 State Budget increases VLT aid by 22 percent from prior year
Host communities for Batavia Downs will receive $112K more

Albany, N.Y. –  State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced that three Batavia Downs host communities will receive a 22 percent increase in Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) aid as part of the 2013-14 State Budget.

April 30, 2013
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Ranzenhofer sponsors blood drive at Batavia Downs Casino

Partners with Unyts to celebrate National Donate Life month
One blood donation can save up to 3 lives
Encourages enrollment in NYS Donate Life Registry

 

Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will be hosting an open-to-the-public blood drive with Unyts, WNY’s only organ, eye, tissue and community blood center, on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Clubhouse of the Batavia Downs Casino.

 

April 22, 2013
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Ranzenhofer to sponsor blood drive at Eastern Hills Mall

Partners with Unyts to celebrate National Donate Life month
One blood donation can save up to 3 lives
Encourages enrollment in NYS Donate Life Registry

 

Williamsville, N.Y. – Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will be hosting an open-to-the-public blood drive with Unyts, WNY’s only organ, eye, tissue and community blood center, on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Eastern Hills Mall Neighborhood Blood Donation Center.

 

April 19, 2013
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Ranzenhofer adds name to bill repealing NYSAFE Act

Joins 14 State Senators in calling for repeal of law
Writes letter to NYS Police Superintendent to discuss implementation
Intends to introduce bill to stop warrantless access to medical records

 

 

Batavia, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced that he has added his name as a co-sponsor to legislation (S3948) repealing the NYSAFE Act.

 

April 17, 2013
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Monthly Column: 2013-14 State Budget passes on time for third year in a row

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

As your State Senator, I want to report that the third consecutive on-time State Budget has been approved– the first time that has happened in nearly 30 years.  The 2013-14 State Budget is a fiscally balanced plan that closes a billion dollar budget gap by controlling spending.

The new fiscal plan protects your household budget by avoiding tax increases.  In fact, it reduces, and then eliminates, a tax surcharge on your energy bills.  

April 16, 2013
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Statement on 2013-14 State Budget

 

 

Albany, N.Y. – The New York State Senate has completed passage of the 2013-14 State Budget. State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer (R, C, I – Amherst) has issued the following statement:

 

“The State Senate has finished passage of an early State Budget for the third year in a row – a first in over 30 years.  The 2013-14 State Budget is a balanced, fiscally responsible plan that closes a billion dollar budget gap without tax increases.

 

For middle-class families, the budget provides over $1 billion in tax relief over three years to make up for the value of child tax credits eroded by inflation and ensures the continuation of the lowest personal income tax rates in 60 years.

 

March 27, 2013
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Ranzenhofer outlines CHIPS funding for Genesee County

2013-14 State Budget increases funding for road, bridge projects; Genesee county to get $275K more, 19 percent year-over-year increase

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced that the 2013-14 State Budget will increase funding for the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS), providing more than $275,000 in additional funding for infrastructure projects in Genesee County.

March 25, 2013
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Ranzenhofer outlines CHIPS funding for Erie County

2013-14 State Budget increases funding for road, bridge projects

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced that the 2013-14 State Budget will increase funding for the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS).

“For the first time in five years, more funding for local road and bridge repair projects will go directly to towns, cities and villages in Erie County.  Maintaining and improving our infrastructure is so important to our economy, while keeping drivers and their passengers safe,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.

March 25, 2013
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Ranzenhofer outlines CHIPS funding for Monroe County

2013-14 State Budget increases funding for road, bridge projects

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced that the 2013-14 State Budget will increase funding for the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS).

“For the first time in five years, more funding for local road and bridge repair projects will go directly to towns, cities and villages in Monroe County.  Maintaining and improving our infrastructure is so important to our economy, while keeping drivers and their passengers safe,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.

March 25, 2013
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Ranzenhofer backs “Grown in NY” plan

Plan aims to grow agriculture and family farms

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced his support for the “Grown in New York” plan.  The plan would strengthen the State’s $5.2 billion agriculture industry by expanding markets for New York-grown products, improving the bottom lines of family farms, and investing in the future of farming.

March 5, 2013
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Ranzenhofer joins colleagues to unveil Family Tax Relief Act

Restores STAR rebate checks for millions of New Yorkers
Increases tax credits to help struggling middle-class families

 

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer (R, C, I – Amherst) joined members of the Senate Republican Conference today to unveil the Family Tax Relief Act.  The plan would restore the STAR property tax rebate check program and increase tax breaks that have not kept pace with inflation for more than 25 years.

March 4, 2013
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Monthly Column: It’s time to turn off the lights on energy tax surcharge

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer, State Senator - 61st District

In 2009, the State Budget imposed an energy tax surcharge, known as the two percent utility tax, that has cost each and every ratepayer in New York State $2.5 billion over the last four years.  I voted against this tax surcharge because it hurt businesses, hindered job growth, and took more money away from families and seniors.

February 20, 2013
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Ranzenhofer opposes 2% utility tax extension

Surcharge set to expire March 2014
Executive budget calls for 5-year extension
Businesses, consumers to pay $3 billion more in taxes

 

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer (R, C, I – Amherst) has announced his opposition to a five-year extension of the 18-a surcharge as proposed in the Executive Budget.  The energy tax surcharge is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2014.  

February 11, 2013
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Ranzenhofer gets committee assignments

Joins Finance as new member
Chairs Corporations for second consecutive session
Serves on a total of 8 committees

 

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer (R, C, I – Amherst) has been appointed to serve as Chairman of the Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committee for another legislative session.

January 29, 2013
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